Poite, to captains: We have a deal.
Instead of blaming the referee, he took aim at World Rugby's failure to simplify their law-book; Poite could choose from one of three laws when making a decision on whether Ken Owens had played the ball from an offside position at a pivotal point of a career-defining series.
But he was drawn back to it through further questioning and he may yet have more to say once the game's officials review the Test in the coming days. Kieran Read: No no no, no. Did the ball even travel forward?
British and Irish Lions: Liam Williams; Anthony Watson (Jack Nowell, 73), Jonathan Davies, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly; Jonathan Sexton (Ben Te'o, 73), Conor Murray (Rhys Webb, 69); Mako Vunipola (Jack McGrath, 60), Jamie George (Ken Owens, 70), Tadhg Furlong (Kyle Sinckler, 60); Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones (Courtney Lawes, 50); Sam Warburton, Sean O'Brien (CJ Stander, h-t), Taulupe Faletau.
Talk of an All Blacks demise, based on one home drawn series against the best of four countries, is as ignorant as it is disrespectful to the class and quality of those opponents in red who held them to a 15-all draw in the series decider in Auckland.
Despite the Poite debate, though, the positive impression left by the tour was plain and TVNZ's website was happy to see the Lions head coach rise above his clashes with his native land's media, headlining a press conference clip: "Warren Gatland hilariously mocks himself by wearing clown nose to press conference".
I can't imagine they'll be happy.
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El Salvador's Nelson Bonilla made it 1-1 just two minutes later, giving the Central American team some short-lived hope. It was an exquisite finish from a player who has now scored three goals in his past three games for Mexico .
And yet, for all of that, the referee was at the centre of a storm, just as Jaco Peyper and Jerome Garces had been in the previous two weeks.
"I have always said the game is extremely hard to referee". They lead this game and run this game.
"When we have things that have multiple interpretations we will have human error".
Taylor says it the last round of Super Rugby and they have to switch focus to their franchise.
"We need to find ways of helping them have less moments like we did throughout the series".
I must admit I liked the All Blacks supporters better when they fell apart at the prospect of a World Cup knockout game, but now that the team has discovered the cure to choking, they've simply become insufferable.
"Ngani's really been quite impressive since he's come in, and the way he's gone about his game and his learning".
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